Arthur Christmas

2011

Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Drama / Family / Fantasy

131
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 42208

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Cast

James McAvoy as Arthur
Andy Serkis as Lead Elf
Laura Linney as North Pole Computer
Dominic West as Lead Elf
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1hr 37 min
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1hr 37 min
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1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

Helping to deliver

Aardman Animations Arthur Christmas is a charming animated film that children will enjoy but I found it underwhelming with some one note characterisation and uneven plot which is a touch overlong.

Set on on the night before Christmas a crack operation is involved to help Santa Clause deliver all the presents to the children of the world. Santa is part of a dynasty and the present one has been going for 71 years and rather past his best, with his oldest son Steve hoping to take over as the new Santa soon.

Arthur Claus the well meaning but rather clumsy youngest son discovers that the Santa's high tech slight -craft failed to deliver one girl's present. Arthur helped by his elderly grandfather goes on a mission to deliver the present in time but end up getting lost first.

There are some clever things here such as how the elves deliver presents with military precision but it is not as charming as the other Aardman films and also it is too male centric.

Reviewed by gordonroad-62850 8 / 10

A great Christmas film for all ages

Aardman prove that their films don't need to be stop-motion clay animation for them to be good. Arthur Christmas is a great modern Christmas film with the right amount of positivity and sentimentality.

What I found brilliant about the film was the theme of old vs new, with how technology has incorporated itself firmly into the process of delivering the presents and how the old has been pushed off to the side. This is explored beautifully through how old vs new can be mixed to great effectiveness, and makes for a great moral message.

The humour is delightful, especially from Bill Nighy's Grandsanta who is an absolute delight with his nostalgic ramblings. The voicework in general is fantastic from an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Imedlda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Hugh Laurie and even Michael Palin in a small role.

Overall, this is a lovely animated film, and one that is worthy to be held up with the best of the best in terms of Christmas films.

Reviewed by Daniel Dell 8 / 10

The big reason why I loved Christmas even more.

Personally I'm not a huge Sony Pictures Animation fan. Most of the time, they just made terrible movies, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania, the Emoji Movie, the Star, and the upcoming Peter Rabbit film. BUT not all Sony Animation films suck. This is why we even had good films, like Surf's Up, the Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Goosebumps.

And then, we have Arthur Christmas. It may not be the only Sony film associated with Aardman Animations, BUT it's certainly my favorite. I love the Pirates! too, but this movie is why Christmas is one of my favorite holidays in history.

It has a very engaging story, witty humor, drama that makes sense, wonderful characters, and beautiful animation. The only flaw I have with the animation if the face designs: the big noses and small eyes. It works on Santa and Grand-Santa, but NOT the rest, ESPECIALLY the elves, who rip-off Prep and Landing.

As much as I really love this film, the only flaw I have with this in general is that god awful song by Justin Bieber. I HATE Justin Bieber. His songs are some of THE worst that I have ever listened to. I don't know why they used Justin Bieber's version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.

Other than that, I really love this movie. One of the best animated films I have ever seen. Hands down!! If you love Christmas, I bet you'll love this film.

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